Taipei First Girls' High School
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Taipei First Girls High School (TFG; Chinese: 臺北市立第一女子高級中學; colloquially, 北一 or 北一女), is a Taiwanese high school, located in Zhongzheng District within Taipei City, with only the top 1% of scorers on the Basic Competence Test for Junior High School Students (國民中學學生基本學力測驗) receiving admission. Its male counterpart is the Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School.
The school was founded in 1904 as Chinese: Taihoku Prefectural Taihoku First Girls' High School during Japanese rule. After the handover of Taiwan from Japan in 1945, the name was changed to Taiwan Provincial Taipei First Girls' High School (Chinese: 臺灣省立臺北第一女子中學) on December 12. In 1967, it was renamed to Taipei Municipal First Girls' Senior High School (臺北市立第一女子高級中學) due to Taipei City becoming a municipality. With its history stretching back over one hundred years, the school has had over 60,000 students. Currently, the school operates 78 classes and has about 3,000 students. In 2002, it was renamed to Taipei Municipal First Girls High School due to the bilingual project of school renaming in Taipei City.
The school's campus measures roughly 26,000 sq. metres, with a total of six main buildings - the oldest being Guang-Fu Building (Chinese: 光復樓), a three story structure built by the Japanese government in 1933 (notable as well for being bombed in 1945). Other buildings include Ming-De Building (Chinese: 明德樓, completed 1954), Zhong-Zheng Building (Chinese: 中正樓, completed 1977), the Library (Demolished and rebuilt as "Shue Chu Building"), the Activity Center (completed 1971), and Zhi-Shan Building (Chinese: 至善樓, completed in 1993).
The school is famous for the traditions it maintains, including the uniform of a green shirt and black skirt/black trousers, carried over from air-raid days. The school has adopted various different policies regarding the traditional uniform over the decades, including incorporating pants, slacks and different jackets, yet it still keeps true to the tradition of the green shirt, which is recognized widely all across Taiwan. The green was initially used to distinguish the school from the Presidential Office (which was located directly across the street) during air raids. Every year on December 12, alumni all over the world, young and old, participate in the International Taipei First Girls' High School Uniform Day (全球北一制服日) and wear the green uniforms they once wore as students.
TFG has an acclaimed marching band, the Taipei First Girls' Marching Band (北一樂隊). This band consists of eighty members, primarily sophomores. The MB has repeatedly won first prize in the national wind music competition for senior and vocational high schools. It also has two counterparts: the Honor Guard (儀隊) and the Color Guard (旗隊). The students go through a rigorous training schedule and are known for their perseverance and resilience. These three organizations offer perform at national events, such as the annual National Day Parade and the 2009 Deaflympics. The TFG MBHGCG organizations have also ventured overseas, including performing in Singapore (1981), South Africa (1986), Beijing (1992), Nanjing (1992), Shanghai (1992), California's Rose Parade (1996), Edinburgh (1999), Glasgow (1999), Austria (2012), and France (2013).
Students at TFG are involved in a multitude of activities on campus. There are more than 50 student organizations and clubs within TFG including, but not limited to:
- Student Autonomy
- Student Council, TFG Ambassadors
- Liberal Arts/Social Science-Related
- Language Club, Debate Club, Library Club, English Study Club, Japanese Culture Club, Life Club, Investment Club, Humor Club, Youth Parliament
- Science Club, Biology Club, Informatics Club, Earth Sciences Club, Math Club, Brain Enhancement Club, Detective/Deduction Club
- Drama Club, Photography Club, Sign Language Club, Comic Research Club, Bridge Club, Chess Club, Go Club, Magic Club, Hand Puppet Club, Film Club, Desserts ;Club, Art Club, School Magazine, Poets' Club
- String Orchestra, Traditional Music Ensemble, Choir, Harmonica Club, Classical Guitar Club, Pop Music Club, Rock Band, Music Creators' Club
- Scout Troop, Eco Club, Anti-drugs Club, Kidland Club, Love Forward Club
- Dance Club, Aerobics Club, Breakdance Club, International Standard Dance Club, Lockin' Club
- Taekwondo Club, Baseball Club, Basketball Club, Traditional Sports Club, Skateboard Club, Badminton Club
- TFG MBHGCG
- Marching Band, Honour Guards, Colour Guards
In addition to regular clubs, there are also committees that gather at specific times of the year to see certain projects through. One example would be the Taipei First Girls' Graduation Committee, which is in charge of all graduation affairs for the seniors. Work starts in spring and the committees oftentimes consist of over 200 members. Instead of a traditional graduation ceremony, TFG prides itself on producing theater-like ceremonies where each graduating class has a specific story. In 2012, the theme was Alice in Wonderland; 2013 The Little Prince; 2014 Circus.
Over the past few decades the school has endeavored to modernize its facilities. In 1971 a sports and assembly hall was constructed. In 1993 a new building was completed; Zhi-Chan. This five-storey building has a large observatory located on the roof with several telescopes therein. Within the brand new Shue Chu Library building are IT facilities together with abundant reading materials, audio-visual headsets and Internet access. Free Wifi Access is available throughout the school to facilitate mobile learning.
The school also encompasses an auditorium, conference rooms, a heated indoor swimming pool, and a subterranean parking lot.
- Lily Yeh Jan: Member, US National Academy of Sciences. Academician, Academia Sinica. Professor, University of California, San Francisco.
- Jennie S. Hwang: First Chinese female member, US National Academy of Engineering. Distinguished professor, Case Western Reserve University.
- Teresa H. Meng: Reid Weaver Dennis Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University.IEEE Fellow.
- Yeh Nai-chang: Professor of physics, California Institute of Technology.
- Chung-Pei Ma: Professor of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley. Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award recipient.
- Mei-Chi Shaw: Professor of Mathematics, University of Notre Dame.
- Louise Chow: Discoverer of RNA splicing and alternative RNA processing.
- Frances Yao: Chair professor City University of Hong Kong.
- Nancy T. Chang: Co-founder and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Tanox,Inc.
- JoMei Chang: President and Co-founder, Viria Technology Inc.
- Chang Yi Wang: Chairperson and CEO of the United Biomedical, Inc. (UBI) Group of companies.
Politics and military
- Annette Lu: First female Vice president of the Republic of China.
- Kao Chia-yu: Councillor of the 11th to 13th Taipei City Council.
- Wang Ching-feng: Minister of Justice of the Republic of China. Notable Taiwanese lawyer.
- Wang Ju-hsuan: Vice Presidential candidate for the 2016 presidential election.
- Isabelle Cheng: Intelligence agent for the National Security Bureau of Taiwan.
- Christine Chow Ma: First lady of the ROC.
Arts and literature
- Sanmao: Taiwanese novelist and travel writer. Penname of the celebrated Taiwanese author Chen Ping.
- Ouyang Tzu: Penname of Hong Zhihui. Notable Taiwanese novelist and literary critic.
- Chu T’ien-hsin: Notable Taiwanese author.
- Qiu Miaojin: Notable Taiwanese lesbian author.
- Ping Lu: Notable Chinese novel, essay, poem, commentary, and theater play author.
- Selina Jen: Singer. Member of the Taiwanese girl-band S.H.E..
- To-wen Tseng: American journalist and author.
- Taiwan Alumni Association of Taipei First Girls High School
- Northern California Alumni Association of Taipei First Girls High School
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- Greater Washington Area Alumni Association of Taipei First Girls High School
- Midwest Alumni Association of Taipei First Girls High School
- Houston Alumni Association of Taipei First Girls High School
- Dallas Alumni Association of Taipei First Girls High School (BEINU-Dallas 達拉斯北一女校友會)
- Atlanta Alumni Association of Taipei First Girls High School
- Greater New York Area Alumni Association of Taipei First Girls High School
- Japan Alumni Association of Taipei First Girls High School
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